What makes this decision more notable is the fact that Suthep has to resign as Deputy PM in order to be able to stand for election, so it is surprising he so willingly moves to be a less prestigious simple Member of Parliament instead of being a member of the Cabinet. One reason I could imagine is that he expects the current government to break apart soon and therefore goes to the lower but more save job. Or he is preparing for the pending party dissolution as suggested by this Bangkok Post opinion article? At least it shows Thai politics will continue to be interesting to watch...
Interestingly, this is not the first by-election for Constituency One in the parliamentary term. The original result of the 2007 election had Suthep Thaugsuban (นายสุเทพ เทือกสุบรรณ), Praphon Ninwatcharamanee (นายประพนธ์ นิลวัชรมณี) and Chumphon Kanchana (นายชุมพล กาญจนะ) as the winning candidates, all for the Democratic Party.
Suthep resigned his parliamentary seat in July 2009, when a court ruling was imminent which probably would have disqualified him from being a MP. In the by-election which followed his brother Thani Thaugsuban (นายธานี เทือกสุบรรณ) - who was just few months before disqualified as being the chairman of the Provincial Administrative Organization.
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